Firearm in unattended motor vehicle; civil penalty. (HB1462)

Introduced By

Del. Amy Laufer (D-Albemarle) with support from co-patron Del. Phil Hernandez (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Firearm in unattended motor vehicle; civil penalty. Provides that no person shall leave, place, or store a handgun in an unattended motor vehicle, as defined in the bill, when such handgun is visible to any person who is outside such motor vehicle. The bill provides that any person violating such prohibition is subject to a civil penalty of no more than $500 and such unattended motor vehicle may be subject to removal for safekeeping. This bill is identical to SB 447. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2024Presented and ordered printed 24105291D
01/19/2024Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/23/2024Assigned PS sub: Firearms
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 3-N)
02/02/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1462)
02/02/2024Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Read first time
02/07/2024Read second time and engrossed
02/08/2024Read third time and passed House (51-Y 46-N)
02/08/2024VOTE: Passage (51-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/2024Reported from Courts of Justice (7-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2024Read third time
02/21/2024Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1462ER)
02/27/2024Signed by Speaker
02/28/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1462ER)
03/01/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/26/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto

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